Member Profile: Colin Foley

Colin-Foley-310pixName: Colin Foley

Member of Eagle AC since: March 2016

How long have you been running what made you take it up: About 18 Months. My Brother and Mother both run so I guess it was only natural I would follow in their footsteps. My Dad has even started going for the occasional jog now too, maybe he felt left out lol.

Favourite race distance to run: As they say, “10 miles is the classic distance”. For me, its the perfect combination of speed and endurance.

What is your main goal for this year: PB in 3 key distances up to Half Marathon in length, however, considering I’m also looking to PB in Dublin its fairly broad. If you put me under pressure to pick one, I’ll prob go with a Sub-30 min 5 mile.

Your best race/most memorable racing moment to date: Definitely not my best race from a performance point of view but has to be my first and only Marathon, Dublin 2016. Was absolutely blown away by the atmosphere and support on the day. Incredible experience!! Again, it was a family affair which made it even sweeter.

Tell us something most people might not know about you: If most people don’t know something about me it’s for a reason so I’ll leave it at that 😉

Biggest heroes (sporting or non-sporting): Cork Hurlers at present. Nothing gets the blood going like watching your fellow Cork men giving it their all for the pride of the County. Up the Rebels!

One bit of advice you would give to someone thinking of taking up running:  Challenge yourself. Push yourself beyond your comfort zone and you’ll get the most from it.

3 things you would take with you onto a desert island: Tom Hanks because he know what he’s doing. I’m guessing he might insist we bring Wilson. Maybe a little paint in case Wilson fades and Tom goes AWOL.

Eagle AC win Bronze team medal in National Half-Marathon Championships

Well done to club members Alan O’Brien, Vivian Foley and Frank Hill who finished 3rd M35 team at the National Half-Marathon Championships in Dublin last weekend.


L-R…Alan O’Brien, Vivian Foley & Frank Hill

Alan O’Brien finished in 13th place overall and was the 5th M35 home in a time of 1h 11m 09s.

Vivian Foley finish 1st in the M45 category with a time of 1h 15m 32s.

Frank Hill was 6th in the M50 category with a time of 1h 22m 19s.

1 RAHENY SHAMROCK A.C. M35 03:40:37
2 DONORE HARRIERS M35 03:45:53
3 EAGLE A.C. M35  03:49:02
4 TALLAGHT A.C. M35 03:54:14
5 RAHENY SHAMROCK A.C. M35 03:56:19
6 NORTH SLIGO A.C. M35 03:56:32

There were 75 M35 teams in total.

Club Notes…Fri 18th Aug 2017

eagle_notes2Extracted from the weekly club e-mail which is edited by Karen Bevan

Evening Everyone

To begin with we would like to send the very best of wishes and good luck to Eddie Trindle and Ken Nyhan who are running in the Reykjavik Marathon this weekend, On Saturday 19th August. Two of our many superstars in the club; have a great Marathon guys !

Thursday Evening Tempo Session.

Another successful tempo run tonight with thanks to John Desmond for leading this.


12 members out for the club tempo run in Rochestown

Coffee Run

The main event this weekend is ‘The Coffee Run’ on Sunday 20th August. The coffee run is again open to members and non-members so feel free to bring a friend, family member, date ….
If you can help Tracy out and offer to lead a pace time then please do get in touch.

Message from Tracy…
The next Coffee Run is planned to take place on Sunday 20th August at 8:30am. This time we’ll be going back to the original route of Raffeen, starting from Bean Leaf in Mahon Retail Park.

Again, we’re going to open this to non-members so it would be nice to have a few pace options available if any non-members do attend.

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New Hampshire 5k


Adelle & Eugene O’ Connor and their 2 boys took part in the Alton Parks & Recreation 5k Road Race in New Hampshire on Saturday 12th August. They won 1st place for the family team prize under the team name ‘The Belgooly Eagles’. Well done guys!! …Tracy Cotter


18:07 18:35 18:58 ( 21:18) = 55:40
Darragh O’Connor M, Eugene O’Connor M, Eoghan O’Connor M, Adelle
O’Connor F


Club Notes…Fri 4th Aug 2017

eagle_notes2Club Notes…Edited by Karen Bevan

Evening Everyone

Well done, another great week of racing and another very well represented Ballycotton series 5 mile race. Plenty of you guys seem to be hitting your ‘happy pace’ these days so keep up the great running, you’re doing us proud and keeping us all inspired and motivated!

There was a great tempo session down at hop Island this evening, with about 12 members present and many thanks to Elaine Guinane and John Desmond for arranging this.


Con O’Donovan has some Pacing Slots open for the East Cork Harbour Marathon
If you would like to help pace the East Cork Harbour Marathon on the 12th August; 2.15 for the Half Marathon, please send Conn an email.

As always thank you to everyone who contributes to the weekly email, and a special thank to Keith Burke who has kept us up to date and informed for the duration of the tack and field season which it seems has reached an end for another year.

If you have anything that you would like to add please do let us know, we are always happy to hear from you!

Have a lovely Bank Holiday Weekend and happy running !

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Sports First Aid Course…July 2017

Sports First Aid Course : Four members of the club recently completed a Sports First Aid course ….Ed Fitzgerald, Gerard Down, Gary Gibbons and Grace O’Leary.


The club paid for the four to do this course with the aim of having a pool of people who are trained in the use of a defibrillator and to have a basic understanding of first aid. We should have two more members completing another course soon which will give a total of six for the year.